Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tricopigmentation

If you’re looking into scalp micropigmentation, you may have come across the term ‘tricopigmentation’ and become confused. At YourHairDoc we offer both treatments for hair loss and aim to give you the most clear and concise information, so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you. When deciding which treatment to go for in scalp micropigmentation vs tricopigmentation, it’s about permanence and removal. But first, what are these treatments?

Both scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and tricopigmentation (STP) are cosmetic tattooing treatments for the scalp. They each act to disguise the appearance of hair loss with a series of dots which are carefully applied using a tattooing pen device. They can either cover a large area of the scalp and give the impression of a closely-shaved head, or they can be applied to smaller patches of hair loss or between hairs, to ‘fill in’ thinning areas, giving thicker hair appearance. SMP and STP are also used to cover scarring, either through trauma or perhaps where previous surgical hair restoration therapies such as FUE or FUT have been used.

Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tricopigmentation: Permanence


SMP is a permanent treatment for hair loss. The pigments are classed as permanent and the treatment is intended to be kept for the long-term with ‘touch up’ treatments only being required every 5 to 6 years or so. These touch-ups only take a couple of hours to perform, like a regular tattoo. Scalp Micropigmentation can also be removed if needed by one or two laser treatments, provided by a medical professional.

STP is a temporary option for those who maybe not ready to say “yes” to a permanent solution or who may be thinking about a surgical intervention later-on down the line. The inks used fade naturally after around 12 to 18 months. Th

Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tricopigmentation: Removal

Removal of STP pigments can be more problematic than removing SMP pigments. STP inks cannot usually be removed with a laser, as they can get very hot and can burn the skin. Therefore, in most cases of STP you would need to be patient and let the inks fade over time. It’s can also be trickier to layer more STP pigment on top of fading STP ink as this can cause a solid, helmet-like appearance on the head; this can result if not performed by a leading surgeon such as Dr. Somji at the right time. Dr. Somji, however, has performed many SMP and STP procedures in his time as a hair loss expert, and you will be in the best hands.

As SMP is permanent, layering of pigments is not necessary and therefore the possibilities of this issue arising are cancelled out altogether. Therefore, if treating larger areas of the scalp for a full, shaved head look, SMP may be the wiser option.

Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tricopigmentation: Get a Consultation

At YourHairDoc Dr. Somji has treated thousands of hair loss patients and has a deep understanding of each procedure, the pros and cons and who may be suitable for any given treatment. He will consult with you at length to create a bespoke treatment plan for your individual and unique concern and only then will you both make the decision to proceed.

For more information about the costs and benefits of scalp micropigmentation and tricopigmentation, contact us today on 0208 418 0362.